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Arkansas Town Arming Teachers

"We're going to be able to provide security for our kids in a matter of seconds instead of minutes."

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Howard Nemerov

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July 13, 2013 - 11:13 am

Clarksville is a small rural city of around 10,000 population. Its location along the I-40 Corridor places it in what the DOJ calls “Corridor A,” one of the main distribution arteries used by drug traffickers. This makes Clarksville’s children vulnerable to all the violence associated with drug trafficking.

Clarksville School District Superintendent David Hopkins recently announced that their “Emergency Response Team” (ERT) will go live this August. Since the school board approved ERT in May, volunteer staff has begun preparing.

[Clarksville school secretary Debbie James] says several teachers, custodians and other school employees are learning tactics similar to those used by law enforcement, like defensive techniques, legal use of force and shooting, all with an emphasis on safety and accuracy.

According to Dr. Hopkins, staff will undergo 53 hours of special training. They must also complete a refresher course each summer.

Dr. Hopkins says students will not know which teachers are armed, but parents can be assured the Emergency Response team will be ready in a moment’s notice.

“They’re not gonna be in a uniform, and they’re not gonna be wagging their gun on their side,” explains the superintendent.  “We’re going to be very discrete about it, but yet we’re going to be trained professionals, and we’re going to be able to provide security for our kids in a matter of seconds instead of minutes.”

James added: “The ERT will be able to respond to any dangerous situations within seconds, while police officers are still en route to the school.”

Now this is a sensible gun law.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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Some Portland Oregon gun traing centers have offered free traing to teachers. Now if we could get administrators out of the way, our schools would not be the next news item.
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Arkansas is looking better and better as a place to retire to. I have already resigned myself to living my late years (however many of them are left to me) in poverty but at least with the hunting, fishing and fertile soil there my woman and I needn't be doomed to living on a steady diet of "Ol Roy dog food. Terrific people reside there too!
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Any school that turns itself into an armed camp or even a prison with single entrance metal detectors is already past help. When I was a kid we came and went as we pleased. Generally we were supposed to be in an assigned class or space but that is what school is. No one really kept an eye on us because we weren't lunatics. The only solution is to find a way back to that, not let children rule us.
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When I was a kid, our High School was an open campus type, 8 buildings in all. We could sit in our classrooms and watch the ROTC drill with their M-1s or in season we could watch the hunters as they walked past our school on their way out. Some of our teachers and students were also hunters so you could usually find a rifle or shotgun or two in the cars out in the parking lot. No trouble in our school other than a few fistfights and such and no one ever got shot. I'm sure if it came to it, the ROTC instructors could have "found" a few rounds for the .45s and M-1s we trained with to help out in an emergency. As far as that goes we also had .22s for marksmanship training in our ROTC weapons locker along with plenty of ammo for them. I wouldn't call it an armed camp or prison though.
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But, but, but! The American Academy of Pediatrics says where there's more guns, more people die! After all, they're "doctors for the children" so they should know. All hail the demigods! /s

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/pediatricians-take-gun-lobby-carefully-1C9897538
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Neither article mentioned anything about armed camps or prisons. The local community came together and decided the best way to protect their children was to arm the responsible adults to whom they've entrusted their children's care to 6-8 hours a day.
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